Raceday wagering review

The wagering review of Saturday's fixed odds betting for races at Randwick, Flemington and Doomben.



Early money told the story in the running of the Spring On Sale Handicap (1000 metres).

When markets first opened on Wednesday, Dio D'Oro was $10 and the first horse they wanted to back with $6.50 on offer Thursday morning.

That price remained until today and with constant specking the son of Megdalia d'Oro jumped a $5 chance.

Relishing the Heavy track conditions, the Gary Portelli-trained runner won easily over King ($5.50-$11) which blew badly in betting along with God Of Thunder ($3.20-$5.50).

Most of the action today centred on Beidi ($3.40 fav) which got out to as much as $4.20 in betting, while Black Magnum ($18-$6) was the subject of a serious firm.

BETS: Dio D'Oro $1,550 @ $6.50

BETS: Beidi $3,000 @ $4.20, $1,000 @ $3.50, $1,000 @ $3.40, $1,500 @ $3.30

BETS: God Of Thunder $1,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 @ $4.20



The Lion ($3.90) was kept safe in the market for the running of the TAB Highway Handicap (1100 metres).

The Michelle Flemming-trained runner went to the inside of runners on straightening thanks to jockey Chris O'Brien, with the horse easily handling the wet conditions to win comfortably.

Two 'N' Wellgo ($7) wound up second while the heavily-tried Go The Gantry filled third.

Go The Gantry had big backing in the final 20 minutes of betting, firming from $4.80 into $3 favourite. It was also the best tried runner with over 39 percent of the money with him.

BETS: The Lion $2,000 @ $4

BETS: Go The Gantry $2,000 @ $3.20, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES



Brook Magic ($3.60-$3.90) led throughout to take out the third race of the day - the #ATHERACES Handicap (1100 metres).

In a race where punters backed most of the field, Brook Magic held off the big drifter in She Knows ($2.90-$4.60) which almost defied the betting pattern.

Revenire ($2.90-$3.30) was close up in third and went around as the best supported runner in terms of money held.

Overall, Revenire was twice as popular as Brook Magic while You Make Me Smile firmed up from double figures in the morning to start a $7 chance.

BETS: Brook Magic $1,000 @ $3.70



The plunge came off in the Winter Racing Handicap (2000 metres) when Hallelujah Boy dominated his rivals.

Following the rails home, jockey Jason Collett took the Kris Lees runner through the gap and the son of Tosen Phantom did the rest, beating Solo Mission ($6.50) which tried valiantly to pick him up.

Araaja, the long-time favourite, blew badly in the late stages of betting ($2.15-$2.80) and was a distant third.

Of the others, Oklahoma Girl was double figures on Wednesday and into as short as $6.50 today before getting back to $8.

BETS: Hallelujah Boy $3,000 x $2,000 e/w @ $4/$1.90

BETS: Araaja $3,108 @ $2.80, $2,000 x $3,000 e/w @ $2.80/$1.60

BETS: Oklahoma Girl $2,000 @ $8



I Am Serious did the right thing by her supporters this week when she was an impressive winner of the ATC Owner Benefits Card Mile (1600 metres).

Coming from the rear of the field, jockey Tye Angland timed his run perfectly as the four-year-old swept past the leaders over the concluding stages to win easily.

The Chris Waller mare was $2.60 in the morning and got to as low as $2.25 before jumping $2.35. She was easily the best backed runner here and held nearly 60 percent of the money.

Veladero ($13) narrowly held second after leading while Bastia ($3.30) was close up in third.

BETS: I Am Serious $10,000 @ $2.30



Jolly Honour gave Tye Angland and Chris Waller a running double after finishing powerfully to take out the Handicap (2000 metres).

TAB had as much as $8 on offer at the start of the day and those that shopped early on Wednesday, prior to scratchings, secured $13.

Settling towards the rear of the field, Jolly Honour looped the field approaching the home turn and then finished powerfully down the straight to gun down Laussel ($5.50-$9) which had hit the front midway down the running.

Porky Pies, at the eachway quote of $12, filled the minor end of the prize.

This was one of the most open races of the day as there was good money for the likes of Porky Pies, Tunero ($4.40) and African Rainbow ($13).

BETS: Jolly Honour $1,000 @ $10 (taken earlier in the week), $2,000 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60 TWICE



Plot Twist was $9.50-$7 in taking out consecutive Stayer's Cups (3200 metres).

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained runner was one of the firmers in the race outside Doukhan ($3-$2.50), which was crunched in betting and overtook Destiny's Kiss ($2.40-$4.60) at the top of the market.

Destiny's Kiss still went around as the most popular horse with Doukhan second in that regard.



Punters jumped all over noted wet tracker Jungle Edge ($7.50-$6) in the June Stakes (1100 metres).

Rated a treat by Kevin Forrester, Jungle Edge blitzed his rivals in easily holding the fast-finishing Shiraz ($14-$5.50) which was the subject of a good betting move.

The best supported runner, I Thought So, had to settle for a distant third after being backed from $3.30-$3 fav.

Jungle Edge held more money than any other runner outside the favourite.

BETS: Jungle Edge $1,000 @ $6.50 TWICE, $1,000 @ $6

BETS: I Thought So $4,000 @ $3, $2,150 @ $3, $1,000 @ $3 MULTIPLE TIMES



Noire was the punters pal in the final event on the card..

Starting a very popular $3.50 favourite in the Australian Turf Club Sprint (1200 metres), Noire landed several big bets in sweeping down the Randwick straight to beat Savvan ($10-$8) and Star Reflection ($8).

The Chris Waller-trained runner was twice as popular as anything else in the race with Fragonard, the $4.40 second elect, the next best.

BETS: Noire $2,500 @ $3.50, $5,000 @ $3.30


DOOMBEN (selected events)


Seaway $10 on Wednesday and backed into $5 favourite. Was the most popular runner with 25 percent of the hold.

Peaceful State ($4.20-$6) and Assimilate ($5-$4.60-$6) both drifted in the latter stages of betting but were extremely popular with TAB customers.

Sambro didn't really attract any decent support and went $7 out to $8.50.

BETS: Peaceful State $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5.50 MULTIPLE TIMES

BETS: Assimilate $1,000 @ $6, $1,000 @ $5, $1,500 @ $4.60

BETS: Seaway $2,000 @ $5



The two in the market at the start of the day went in opposite directions from a betting perspective.

Sedanzer, a slight favourite at $2.80, hovered around that price for most of the day before jumping at that exact quote. Ambitious, on the other, went $2.90 out to $6.50 with the price helped by the fact it was TAB's 'Beat The Bookie' horse.

Of the others, Kiwia ($5) actually held more money than the favourite and was the most popular runner in terms of money held.

Sedanzer landed several big bets after her impressive win over Anton En Avant ($21-$18-$21) and Kiwia.

BETS: Sedanzer $1,850 @ $2.60, $1,500 @ $2.60, $1,000 @ $2.60

BETS: Kiwia $4,000 @ $5



Santa Ana Lane represented a losing result for TAB in the running of the Group One Stradbroke Handicap (1350 metres).

The Anthony Freedman-trained runner was $15-$13 during the week and bottomed out at $10 just hours before the jump, however, got back out to its starting price by the time the field was sent on its way.

Attracting a number of big bets, Santa Ana Lane was impressive in driving through along the rails to beat Super Cash ($34) and race favourite Champagne Cuddles ($4-$5).

In terms of money held, Champagne Cuddles was clearly the most popular and was responsible for 33 percent of the total investment. Impending ($6) was next best supported with Santa Ana Lane third best but holding half of what Impending did.

BETS:Santa Ana Lane $1,000 e/w @ $15/$4.40, $1,000 e/w @ $13/$4, $1,500 e/w @ $10/$3.40

BETS: Champagne Cuddles $15,000 @ $4.80

BETS: Impending $5,000 @ $6



The Autumn Sun was made the TAB 'Beat The Bookie' horse for the Group One JJ Atkins Plate (1600 metres).

A member of the Chris Waller stable, the youngster stormed home to beat his stablemate Zousain ($6) with Fundamentalist ($9.50-$7.50-$5) in third.

The Autumn Sun opened the day at $2.25 but went out to $4.20 at the jump with the drift partly attributed to TAB taking the horse on through the 'Beat The Bookie' promo.

Despite that he was still the best supported runner in the race and held 37 percent of the total market.

BETS: The Autumn Sun $3,000 @ $4.20, $1,600 @ $4, $1,500 @ $4, $1,000 @ $4, $1,500 @ $3.80, $1,000 @ $3.30, $1,000 @ $2.70, , $1,000 @ $2.40

BETS: Lean Mean Machine $3,000 @ $7

BETS: Fundamentalist $1,000 @ $5 TWICE



Dark Dream ($4.60-$4-$4.20) went around as a winning result for TAB in the Group One Channel Seven Queensland Derby (2200 metres).

The talented three-year-old was wide for a good portion of the race and was three and four-wide rounding the home bend.

Finishing off powerfully down the home straight, Dark Dream nailed Heavenly Thought to take out a memorable running of the derby.

Heavenly Thought, despite being backed early in the week from $9.50 into $5.50 this morning, was back out to $8 at the jump and followed the rail to finish a good second.

Youngstar ($7-$6.50), the Oaks winner, was the most popular runner with TAB customers and rattled home for third. The Chris Waller-trained filly held 22 percent of the total investment.

Of the others, Lucky For All was the next best supported and attracted a number of big bets. He started an equal $4.20 fav along with the winner.

BETS: Dark Dream $3,000 @ $4.40, $2,000 @ $4

BETS: Heavenly Thought $3,000 @ $8




Punters knew what they were doing in the opener - the Eugene Gorman Handicap (1100 metres).

While Propelle went around as a popular favourite with TAB customers, it was The August which firmed up significantly throughout the day - $5.50-$3.30.

The colt was too good for the fast-finishing Good 'N' Fast ($21) and Scottish Rogue ($10) while Propelle, which held more than half of the market, was unplaced.

BETS: The August $1,000 @ $3.50

BETS: Propelle $2,000 @ $3.20, $4,000 @ $3, $3,000 @ $3, $2,840 @ $3, $1,500 @ $3



Choysa ($10-$12) led throughout and ran along to gas his rivals in the Trevor Clarke Handicap (2500 metres).

The gelding had them stretched out for the entire race as it led by nearly 10 lengths rounding the home turn.

Choysa went on to beat the popular Lycurgus ($2.70-$4-$3.90) and Falago ($7).

Of the others, Swacadelic ($4.40) and Hursley ($4.60) disappointed their supporters after attracting strong money throughout the day.



Remember The Name was largely friendless for most of the betting today but still managed to defy the betting drift to win the third race at Flemington.

The Danny O'Brien runner went $4.60 to $8 at one stage in betting before a late rally saw it jump a $7 chance.

Gripping on desperately under the urgings of Noel Callow, Remember The Name held off Absolute Heaven ($15) in a thrilling finish while Mintha ($3.20) wound up in third.

Mintha was the popular elect with TAB customers while there was also good money around for Lady Of Crebilly ($9.50), Island Daze ($8-$6 late) and Smooth Landing ($8-$6-$7).

BETS: Remember The Name $1,000 @ $8

BETS: Lady Of Crebilly $2,000 e/w @ $9/$2.80

BETS: Island Daze $1,200 @ $8, $1,200 @ $7.50, $1,100 @ $7.50, $1,000 @ $7






Rocket Tommy's win down the Flemington straight wasn't totally unexpected as he attracted good money at the eachway quote.

The son of Hold That Tiger was $9 out to $11 back in to $10 and held just as much money as the more fancied trio of Malibu Style ($3.70), Labuan Star ($4.60) and Lady Esprit ($5).

BETS: Rocket Tommy $500 e/w @ $11/$3



Barthelona landed a big move when taking out the sixth race on the program at Flemington.

Opening the day at $8, the Mike Moroney-trained runner was crunched into $4.40 at the jump.

Racing on the speed throughout, Barthelona kicked on strongly when challenged to defeat mantastic ($7) and Miles Of Krishan ($14).

BETS: Barthelona $1,400 @ $8, $1,500 @ $5



Ozi Choice was a popular choice with TAB customers in the Rod Johnson Handicap (1400 metres).

Darren Weir and Dean Yendall teamed up with the five-year-old as they stalked the speed set by Saracino. Peeling off the leader's heels on straightening, Ozi Choice ($4-$3.20) raced away to beat Cool Chap ($8.50) and Miss Gunpowder ($16) which pipped Morton's Fork ($5) for third.

Ozi Choice held more than 20 percent more than it's nearest rival in Morton's Fork.

BETS: Ozi Choice $2,000 @ $3.30, $2,040 @ $3.20, $2,000 @ $3.20 TWICE, $1,500 @ $3.20



One of the best moves of the day narrowly failed to come off when Masculino took out the Henry Bolte Handicap (2000 metres) over Bea Tempted.

The latter opened at $26 on Wednesday when markets were first released, the filly was backed every day throughout the week including today. Such was the support for her that she began a $5.50 favourite.

Masculino, however, landed the cash at $13 after finding clear air before Bea Tempted did.

Mazzuro ($7), which some nice bets, wound up third.



Double Jeopardy blew significantly in betting for the Ron Taylor Handicap (1000 metres) for those that took the huge price on offer, they were laughing all the way to the bank.

TAB had the gelding as a $19 chance this morning but he was basically friendless, getting to $81 at the jump.

Performing best down the Flemington straight, Double Jeopardy just held out Ducimus ($10) which came down the outside fence to finish in the photo.

Miss Leonidas ($6.50-$5.50) wound up third.

The big move in this race came for the toppie Despatch which was $5-$2.60 on the day.